- New bridges use yeast found in beer bottles taken from a 131-year-old shipwreck
- Divers dug 15 meters in the seabed to access the ship's dining room
- The yeast was then cultivated in test tubes, but took two years of experimenting to get just the right flavor
Albany, NY – The most characteristic feature of Jamie Adams' new ale is not its jumping bite, but its compelling backstory: Brewed from yeast in Beer bottles that went down on a doomed steamship and dulled on the seabed for 131 years.
Someone who lined up to try a pig of the new Deep Ascent ale on a craft beer festival this weekend says it gave a refreshing taste of another era.
"Just the concept that they could bring a beer bottle from the bottom of the sea … then pull out the yeast from it, that kind of chemistry is fascinating," said beer enthusiast Peter Bowe of Schenectady. "And beer is amazing."
Adams, a former Wall Street trader who opened Saint James Brewery on Long Island nearly two decades ago, said his beer grew out of his love of diving. It was brewed with yeast taken from bottles he and other divers rescued from SS Oregon, a luxury liner from Liverpool to New York that collided with a schooner and sank by the Fire Island in 1
It is 135 meters deep in an underwater cemetery known for local divers like the Wreck Valley. "It's a wonderful, great shipwreck to dive," said Adams, 44, "I came up with the idea of making some beer if we came up with some intact bottles."